New national flexible season tickets are to be introduced as part of the Williams-Shapps plan for rail.
The paperless tickets will allow travel on any eight days in a 28-day period. Passengers will be able to tap smartcards or scan mobiles at the station and will not need to select the travel days in advance.
The new flexible tickets will be on sale from June 21, for use by June 28, and will be available on all Department for Transport-franchised operators.
They are aimed at two and three day-a-week commuters, who could now save hundreds of pounds when compared with daily or traditional weekly and monthly season tickets.
Calculations provided by the DfT showed that two day-a-week commuters would save more than £250 a year from Woking-London, £200 from York to Leeds, and £330 from Chelmsford-Stratford by buying multiple new flexible season tickets.
Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps said: “For many, the idea of travelling five days a week to the office is fast becoming a relic of the past. The future is flexible: passengers want a simple, stress-free options and flexible tickets make fares fairer.”
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